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On-Water Experiences2019-11-15T15:24:50-05:00

On-Water Experiences

The Museum offers a variety of on-water experiences, providing adventures for the whole family. All boat rides include Museum admission.

At the Michigan Maritime Museum, we are more than just a boat ride!

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Friends Good Will

Friends Good Will is a replica 1810 top sail sloop.  She speaks to the history of commerce in the early 1800s, as well as her pivotal role in the War of 1812. We are proud to be home to Friends Good Will and be able to provide our visitors with a unique on-water experience aboard this historic replica tall ship. Stand at her bow, feel the wind on your face, hear the crack of her billowing sails and her 6-pound pivot gun. Do more than imagine how sailors felt as they set sail for uncharted courses–experience it for yourself!

Max. Passengers: 28

Age Restrictions: 4+

Operation Dates: Memorial Weekend-September

Experience Price Per Passenger Length Departure Time

Pirate Chaser Sail

$37.00 90-minutes 11 AM

Geared towards children. Chase the pirates, retrieve the treasure, protect our harbor!

     

Day Sail

$35.00 90-minutes  1:15 PM, 3:15 PM

Sunset Sail

$42.00 2-hour   Varies with sunset

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

Pirate Chaser Sail

Geared towards children. Chase the pirates, retrieve the treasure, protect our harbor!

Price Per Passenger: $37.00
Length: 90-minutes
Departure Time: 11 AM

Day Sail

Price Per Passenger: $35.00
Length: 90-minutes
Departure Time: 1:15 PM, 3:15 PM

Sunset Sail

Price Per Passenger: $42.00
Length: 2-hour 
Departure Time:  Varies with sunset

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

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Lindy Lou

Lindy Lou is an electric-powered replica river launch. This cruise provides passengers with a chance to recapture those days from the late 1890s through the 1930s when launches plied the Black River, delivering guests to resorts, taking picnickers to up-river parks and pavilions, and generally helping to fill the lazy hours of summer with relaxing diversions. This ~3 mile round-trip cruises travels upstream to the covered bridge of the Kal-Haven Trail while the captain regales passengers with the life and history of the Black River.

Max. Passengers: 12

Age Restrictions: All Ages

Operation Dates: Memorial Weekend-October

Experience Price Per Passenger Length Departure Time

River Cruise

$20.00 1-hour 12 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

River Cruise

Price Per Passenger: $20.00
Length: 1-hour
Departure Time: 12 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

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USCG Motor Lifeboat 36460

Experience the adventure aboard USCG Motor Lifeboat 36460! This boat, built in 1941, starred in the Disney film The Finest Hours. The film showcases the most daring rescue in Coast Guard history of the oil tanker Pendleton in 1952 off the coast of Massachusetts. Motor Lifeboat 36460 played 36500 (the original rescue boat) for the film. This extraordinary vessel represents one of the most widely used and replied upon rescue boats in Coast Guard history. Step aboard and ride the waves as you salute the United Stated Coast Guard.

Max. Passengers: 6

Age Restrictions: 4+

Operation Dates: Memorial Weekend-September

Experience Price Per Passenger Length Departure Time

Cruise

$15.00 20-minutes 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

Cruise

Price Per Passenger: $15.00
Length: 20-minutes
Departure Time: 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

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Merry Time

Enjoy pure romance on the water with our 1929 Chris-Craft Cadet, Merry Time. It’s the bees knees! These cruises offer chauffeured luxury on Lake Michigan and the Black River. Whether it’s cruising along the river front or making waves on the Lake, this boat is perfect for anyone with an appreciation for the elegant design and style only classic wooden boats can provide.

Max. Passengers: 4

Age Restrictions: All Ages

Operation Dates: Memorial Weekend-September

Experience Price Per Passenger Length Departure Time

Cruise

$40.00 45-minutes 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

Cruise

Price Per Passenger: $40.00
Length: 45-minutes
Departure Time: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

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Bernida

Bernida is a 1921 Universal Rule R Class Sloop and a thoroughbred racing yacht. She is fast and elegant; like the 1920’s. Bernida does not replicate history.  She is history. Come join the Museum and the crew to experience Bernida yourself!

Max. Passengers: 3

Age Restrictions: 14+

Operation Dates: Memorial Weekend-September

Experience Price Per Passenger Length Departure Time

Sail

$40.00 90-minutes Saturday 10:30 AM, Wednesday 6:00 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

Sail

Price Per Passenger: $40.00
Length: 90-minutes
Departure Time: Saturday 10:30 AM, Wednesday 6:00 PM

**Private charters available. Contact the Museum directly for pricing and availability.**

Guest Information

Museum admission is included with every boat ticket. Guests should plan on arriving no less than 30 minutes prior to departure for check in and safety briefings. Our boats will leave promptly for departure and will not be held for any reason. Check-in is at the front desk located in the Museum Ship’s Store.

All boat trips depart from and return to the Museum docks located on the Museum campus at 260 Dyckman Ave.

The Museum does not provide food or beverage aboard boats. Boat-friendly (no glass) snacks and beverages are permitted. 

No illegal drugs or alcohol are allowed on board our boats under the Zero Tolerance Policy of the United States Coast Guard. 

No smoking is allowed on/near the vessels or on the Museum campus.

Due to the historic nature of our vessels, they are not accessible to wheelchairs. Walkers are not permitted aboard. Guests must be able to board the boats with minimal assistance. Registered service dogs are welcome.

Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather. Layers are recommended as it may be cooler on the Lake. Rubber soled shoes are recommended. Flip-flops and high heels are discouraged.

Fleet and Crew

The Michigan Maritime Museum takes great pride in its fleet and crew. Our Commander of the Fleet, with over 40 years of maritime experience, oversees our multiple USCG licensed captains and crews for all of our vessels. Our staff and volunteer crew members are trained to operate all our equipment to ensure safety and the full enjoyment of our passengers. Our fleet consists of both replica and historic vessels that range from an early 19th century tall ship to a retired United State Coast Guard boat.  Our captains and crews not only operate them but also offer historic interpretation. Our boats will go out rain or shine for a true Great Lakes experience!

Our vessel are equipped with all required safety equipment. Prior to each departure, a safety briefing is provided regarding life-saving devices and instructions on their use for every passenger on the boat.

All U.S. Coast Guard regulations are strictly adhered to, so that your safety and enjoyment are assured. Adherence to these regulations is rigorously checked by U.S. Coast Guard staff during regular inspections. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

All ticket sales are final. We do not except guest exchanges or cancellations. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Museum reserves the right to cancel a scheduled cruise for any reason up until the time of departure. Cancellations are unlikely EXCEPT in the event of inclement weather such as high wind and waves, fog, or severe lightning. Weather conditions on Lake Michigan can change quickly and, while we attempt to make as many trips as possible, safety is our greatest concern. If the Museum cancels an excursion, we will attempt to reschedule you. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be provided with a full refund.